WebExtra: A disconnect in reading

No more than 5 percent of the 5,000 children’s books published each
year feature African-Americans as characters. Experts say black boys
need to see themselves in books to foster a love of reading that will
help build literacy skills.

Lopsided discipline takes toll on black male students

African-American boys face a peculiar dilemma in Chicago’s public
schools: how to get a solid education when, more than any other group
of students, they are singled out for harsh punishments and sent
packing for days, weeks, sometimes months at a time. Some are
expelled—even in elementary school—for a year or longer. Many folks
assume that these punishments are deserved. Isn’t it true, they ask,
that black male students are more likely to behave in ways that warrant
such sanctions?

Coaching students

North Lawndale’s powerhouse basketball team relies on a coach who goes the extra mile to mentor his players.  The district needs more coaches like him, but finding candidates is tough.

Three friends

As freshmen, they were on track to drop out. Now they’re heading to college and the workforce. The story of how three African-American boys changed course shows how resources and changed attitudes can make a difference.

Black male conundrum

In Chicago’s public schools, African-American males are suspended and expelled at a higher rate than any other student group. Yet educators are working to raise black male graduation rates, creating a classic case of policy and practice at odds.